Essay on Evil Entrap Everyone: Lord of the Flies

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Evil Entraps Everyone America is organized, technologically advanced, and easily accessible; Imagine a scenario in which our society vanished out of thin air, leaving humans with only our natural instincts and nature? A similar fictious event occurred at an unknown location on an island, isolating young boys Ralph, Piggy, Jack and many other children in the novel “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding. Lastly, the boys innocence is turned to savagery when being alone on the island corrupts them and shows how truly evil man is when society cannot keep him in line. Golding is trying to say that man is evil and he proves it to us, showing us little boys on an island and how out of hand man can become. It is generally said that people are…show more content…
It can be argued that Golding’s use of characterization solidifies his theory that all men have the capacity for evil due to their innate human nature. Golding depicts the two main alpha male characters of Jack and Ralph as primary examples of this theme. As the story unfolds, Golding reveals Jack to be selfish, violent, and corrupt as he was driven “to violence, the bolting look came into his blue eyes. He took a step, and able at last to hit someone, stuck his fist into Piggy’s stomach,” (Golding 71). The description of Jack towards the conclusion of the book reveals how deceitful and antagonistic Jack has become. Jack’s monstrous personality devours everyones humanity when he refuses to obey rules, and begins to let his anger out starting with piggy. Ralph accuses Jack of being “a beast and a swine and a bloody thief” (Golding 179)! Ralph’s statement is a concise summation of all that Jack becomes. Furthermore, the fact that Jack has begun to become more tribal in appearance indicates his reversion into a more primal being. Finally, as depicted midway through the story, Jack reveals his true sadistic nature as he was “on top of the sow stabbing downward with his knife....Jack found the throat and the hot blood spouted over his hands,” (Golding 135). All of these intensely descriptive characterizations of Jack committing violence as a beast and becoming a thief portray his evil nature. This proves Goldings point that all humans can succumb

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